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30 January 1997

Breaking ITN's blockade

Thomas Deichmann, author of the article ITN tried to gag 'The Picture that Fooled the World', will present his evidence to members of the press at:


39 Whitfield Street
London W1 (nearest tube Goodge St.)

Friday 31 January 1997, 1.30pm

ITN has mobilised all of its influence - and its high-powered lawyers. Biddle & Co. - in an attempt to blockade media coverage of Thomas Deichmann's story, "The Picture That Fooled the World", published in the February issue of LM magazine. LM stands 100% behind the article.

First, ITN demanded that LM editor Mick Hume should pulp every copy of the magazine, apologise to their journalists and pay damages - an unprecedented threat to press freedom from a major news organisation. When LM refused to comply with this attempted gagging order, ITN swore to sue the magazine for libel.

ITN and its lawyers have worked flat out to scare the rest of the media off the story, whilst having the nerve to insist that they do not want to 'stifle fair public discussion'. They have even issued a potentially libellous statement of their own, accusing Thomas Deichmann of making 'outrageous and untrue allegations'. Fortunately for them, LM believes in the open discussion of issues, and is not interested in grubby attempts to silence other journalists through the courts.

Mick Hume, LM editor says:

"For all their protestations, ITN still refuse to allow other journalists - including the BBC - to see the full, unedited rushes that their news team shot at Trnopolje on 5 August 1992. What have they got to hide?".

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